Feigned Mischief’s Must-See Films for 2008

7 Jan

2007 was not a very good year for films. It was a year of just too many painful-to-watch threequels like Spiderman 3, Pirates of the Caribbean 3, Shrek 3 and Ocean’s 13– with only the 3rd Bourne film, The Bourne Ultimatum being the lone exception. Die Hard 4.0 was fab but it’s not a threequel as you can tell. Saying that, 2008 looks promising to me already and to show you why, please check out what I am most looking forward to see in cinema this year:

January:

  • Revolutionary Road – Di Caprio and Winslet reunited
  • Sweeney Todd- A singing Johnny Depp in another Tim Burton collaboration. It’s also a Sondheim.
  • Charlie Wilson’s War- Hanks. Roberts. Hoffman. Do I really need to say more?
  • No Country for Old Men- Be curious as to the greatness of this film from what I have been hearing.
  • The Good Night – Richard’s blurb of this film just got my interest piqued it being written by Gwyneth Paltrow’s brother

February:

  • Cloverfield – Everybody else will be seeing this so I might as well join them too!
  • Juno- Again, to satisfy a curiousity as to why it’s getting good reviews
  • Jumper – It’s Hayden Christensen for goodness’ sake!
  • There Will be Blood- Daniel Day-Lewis. Period.
  • Be Kind Rewind– I’ll see anything with Jack Black in it.
  • The 11th Hour
  • Rambo- To atone for having missed last year’s Rocky Balboa
  • The Other Boleyn Girl- I am so into English history and period films and although I kinda not approve with the casting (save for Bana) even if it’s going to be a stinker, I have already seen worst.

March:

  • Vantage Point – A very promising acting ensemble surrounding an American president’s assasination.
  • Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day- Frances McDormand and Ciaran Hinds in a mature period rom-com with the delightful Amy Adams!

April:

  • The Escapist
  • Persepolis

May:

  • Iron Man- Robert Downey as Iron Man and directed by Jon Favreau
  • Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull- If you are seriously not even a tad interested to see a 4th Indy, then I really dont know what to tell you. No trolling here please!
  • The Escapist- Damian Lewis and Joseph Fiennes. Eye candy galore!
  • Made of Honor- Patrick Dempsey as a lovelorn male best friend? I’m in!

June:

  • The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian- Having read all the books it’s just fitting I look forward to this, I hope it will be fantastic!
  • The Happening- Anything by M. Night Shyamalan is a happening. No pun intended.
  • The Incredible Hulk- Come on, it’s Edward Norton baby!

July:

  • Hancock- Will Smith, you’re my hero!
  • Mamma Mia!- Streep with gorgeous hunks like Brosnan, Firth and Skarsgård and oodles of campy ABBA music! It’s going to be a party!
  • Wall-E- I am seriously enthralled with this robot! I think Pixar will do it again!
  • The Dark Knight- Let me be proven wrong about my initial thoughts on the casting of Ledger as the Joker. You may cast the first stone.

August:

  • Tropic Thunder- Tom Cruise in a Ben Stiller comedy? Are you having a laugh? Let’s!
  • X Files 2- I still believe that it’s out there, Mulder and Scully.
  • The Mummy 3: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor- Brendan Fraser can still do this even without Rachel Weisz, as long as John Hannah is still around

September:

  • How to Lose Friends and Alienate People – Yes, it’s our Simon Pegg!

November:

  • Bond 22 – Daniel Craig. You know his name. Bond, James Bond.

For a background info on these films, please check out Filmstalker’s Part 1 list here: http://www.filmstalker.co.uk/archives/2007/12/films_to_stalk_in_2008_part_on.html

Other films I am looking forward to see but not so sure about their UK release date are the ff:

  • 88 Minutes – It’s starring my inamorata Al Pacino.
  • Angels & Demons – Because it has a much better plot than the Da Vinci Code.
  • Australia- Nicole Kidman & Hugh Jackman in a Baz Luhrrman epic.
  • Body of Lies- Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe reunited again this time with DiCaprio and the talented Carice Van Houten
  • Frost/Nixon- Having missed this much talked and critically acclaimed production at the West End, it would be great to see it at last. With Langella and Sheen reprising their roles.
  • Righteous Kill- Pacino & De Niro reunited
  • State of Play- Pitt’s loss is Crowe’s gain with a stellar cast including Dame Helen Mirren and Rachel McAdams
  • Stone of Destiny- It’s about bonnie Scotland lassies/laddies!
  • Synecdoche, New York- Written and directed by Charlie Kaufman. That’s really all that you need to know.
  • The Countess- I am a huge fan of Julie Delpy since Before Sunset and after seeing what she can do as a director in 2 Days in Paris, I’d love to see more of her work.
  • The Time Traveler’s Wife- Rachel McAdams & Eric Bana is just WOW.
  • Valkyrie- Tom Cruise as a German officer who plots to assassinate Hitler. With a brilliant cast including Kenneth Branagh.
  • Vivaldi- Another all-star cast on the life of times of the great composer.
  • Wanted – James McAvoy! Exclamation point!

Follow Filmstalker’s full list here: http://www.filmstalker.co.uk/archives/2008/01/films_to_stalk_in_2008_part_2.html#comments

So what do you think, have I totally lost it or what? What about you? What films are you looking forward to see this year?

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6 Responses to “Feigned Mischief’s Must-See Films for 2008”

  1. Marina January 8, 2008 at 6:38 am #

    Got to admit that this explanation: “Mamma Mia!- Streep with gorgeous hunks like Brosnan, Firth and Skarsgård and oodles of campy ABBA music! It’s going to be a party!” has changed my mind about what looks like a wretched film.

    As for me, your list is pretty bang on. So much so that nothing comes to mind right off the bat!

  2. Marina January 8, 2008 at 6:38 am #

    Oh dear, and BTW, I think 88 Minutes is now on DVD in most areas.

  3. Simone January 8, 2008 at 9:39 am #

    Oh Marina! Mamma Mia is a brilliant musical, I saw it twice in the West End and it was a a real party! When it was announced that they were doing a film version I was a bit skeptical, but with this cast how can it go wrong, and you can always console yourself with the music!

    88 Minutes went traight to DVD, was it that bad?

  4. Marina January 8, 2008 at 5:59 pm #

    I might be off on 88 Minutes. I just spotted this:

    http://www.horror-movies.ca/horror_10467.html

    Apparently it’s pretty bad. And it does look like it’s on DVD in a bunch of markets already!

  5. eddie January 11, 2008 at 4:48 pm #

    Moinks! Can I tag along, as long as you pay for me? 😛

  6. Simone January 13, 2008 at 1:59 am #

    Will have to add The Kite Runner in this list actually.

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